Though originally developed for professional athletes, Athletes4Life, LLC’s massage programs aren’t just for those scoring touchdowns or putt-putting about town. Rather, the center’s licensed massage therapists fuse a range of modalities—including Swedish, Thai Yoga, and Hawaiian lomilomi—to inspire holistic health while quelling everyday stresses, aches, and pains. Of course, owner Jim does have a few specialties: obliterating migraine headaches and healing pain caused by neck, shoulder, and rotator-cuff problems.
Five-massage therapy packages are designed to compound the overall health benefits of massage over time, and à la carte treatments can get the body prepped for a physically trying event, such as a 5K or Law & Order marathon. Jim also aims to boost immune systems with quick, 10-minute immune-system massages, and his specially formulated Caribbean Spice seasonings spice up everyday meals while promoting metabolism.
Although each massage therapist has his or her own technique, most have the same end goal: the well-being of the client. With Shannon at Body and Soul Massotherapy, clients should see massage as a tool of healing, whether they are recovering from injury, need to unwind from tension, or have been walking around with their elbows pointed outward all day. Shannon and her cohorts expunge stress with a range of modalities, including soothing relaxation to more-intense deep tissue.
As its implies, relaxation is the main goal at Relaxation Limited. The staff even performs relaxation applications, up to 120-minute sessions that incorporate spa services such as hot-towel treatments and warm showers to make clients feel more at ease. The rest of the business's treatments, such as body wraps, further serve this mission.
Tell us about your business.
[It’s] a one-stop-shop for the mind, body and soul. We provide a unique approach to healing. Many of our customers travel from all over Ohio for our outstanding services and to receive attention from our extremely compassionate staff.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been a natural healer from as early as my childhood. It wasn't until I had started taking prerequisites in college that I realized what my true calling was.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Hypnotic massage. It is a unique service that integrates a therapeutic massage with our heart-centered hypnotherapy. Personally, I combine the massage and the hypnosis in the same session . . . another option is to have the therapeutic massage before the hypnosis session. You could also have our hypnotherapist sit in the room with you during your massage treatment and engage you in the hypnotherapy process. We intentionally pair these two services together to assure ultimate healing results that will be imprinted deeply within your cellular tissue and deeper into the subconscious mind to assure the results stick.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We have complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in our waiting-room area. We provide cold water after massage sessions to flush out toxins. We also have a wide range of reading materials as well as cable television in the waiting room.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our one-stop-shop keeps growing. We are in the process of developing our unique yoga studio and café downstairs from our current location with a tentative grand opening for this fall.
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